I love aluminum extrusion. It’s rigid, easy to use, allows you to build anything from shelves to CNC machines. That’s why I’ve always had a “thing” for MendelMax 3D printers. To me they look amazing in a form follows function kind of way. Of course, building a MendelMax isn’t for the faint of heart, which is why purchasing a Lulzbot AO-101 is so appealing.
The AO-101 3D printer by Aleph Objects is based on the MendelMax design. It comes completely assembled, calibrated, and almost ready to print. We reviewed the earlier AO-100 model in our Ultimate 3D Printing Guide where it scored highly in setup, documentation, speed, and reliability. With new electronics (now RAMBo based), a revised aluminum heatbed, revisions to the pulleys and spooling system, and other improvements showcased in the video above, the AO-101 promises to improve on this already capable machine.
Another great aspect of the AO-101 is that it comes with pretty much anything you need to get up and running (except a computer.) Every AO-101 includes an SD card with drivers and software, 5 lbs of natural filament, a comprehensive tool kit to keep your machine in top running order, a printed manual, and even tape for the heated print bed. Another great perk is that the machine will ship 24-48 hours after you place your order in the Maker Shed or directly from Aleph. So if you order today, you can be printing this week!
2013 MAKE Ultimate Guide To 3D Printing
- 3D Printers Buyer's Guide — 15 Reviewed
- Getting Started in 3D
- Learn the Software Toolchain
- 3D Design for Beginners
- 3D Printing without a Printer